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NDP MPs host Nelson Town Hall Meeting Friday

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
October 25th, 2018

Kootenay Columbia MP Wayne Stetski is being joined by NDP colleague Nathan Cullen at a Town Hall meeting to discuss two contentious issues facing British Columbians and Canadians — the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion and Proportional Representation.

The Town Hall is set for Friday (October 26) from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Nelson United Church.

Both MPs applauded the recent unanimous Federal Court of Appeal decision to suspend the expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.

The court found serious and fatal flaws with the environmental assessment process conducted by the National Energy Board, which did not consider the risk a seven-fold increase in tanker traffic would have on the coastal environment.

“The decision made clear that the government did not properly consult Indigenous peoples or assess environmental risk,” Cullen, MP for Skeena-Bulkley Valley and the NDP’s BC Liaison in Parliament said in a media release.

“The decision is a win for Indigenous rights, for protection of the coast and waterways of British Columbia and for the future of our climate. Trudeau made a clear promise to properly review this pipeline and to meaningfully consult Indigenous groups. Instead the Liberals went ahead with the same failed approval process inherited from Stephen Harper.”

At the event, MP Cullen will also speak about electoral reform at the federal level. 

“In the 2015 election, 63% of voters cast ballots for parties promising to reform the way Canadians elect their Members of Parliament,” said Cullen, who is also the NDP’s critic on democratic reform. “The NDP has long campaigned to end Canada’s outdated, unfair first-past-the-post voting system and replace it with one that is fair, representative, and proportional, and where every vote is counted equally.”

“Making every vote count is the best way to enshrine true democracy in Canada,” added MP Stetski. “We all felt betrayed when the Liberals walked away from their promise to make 2015 the last first-past-the-post Federal election. It’s important that we all do our part to ensure proportional representation voting is part of our future.”

 

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